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Girls learn about texts from the experts

A Level Latin students attended a conference at Cokethorpe School on Thursday 14th February where they had the opportunity to hear a number of talks on the texts they are studying at A Level.

Bust of Roman head
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Global vaccine research explored

Headington girls and parents were treated to a fascinating journey through modern, cutting-edge developments in global vaccine research and treatment by Prof Simon Draper of Oxford University’s Nuffield Department of Medicine.

Prof Simon Draper speaks at a podium with a screen behind him
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On Saturday 14th October, 35 L4 and U4 girls set off for their adventure to the Bay of Naples.

After a long day of travelling by coach, plane and coach again, the girls did extremely well in their Beginners’ Italian lesson in the evening led by Miss Bullock. They learnt many key phrases including, crucially, how to order a gelato.

Girls stand together in the sunshine in the Bay of Naples
Three girls pose as gladiators at  Pompeii Amphitheatre
Group of girls stand outside Caecilius' house
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Fantastic languages day offers taste of other cultures

To celebrate the diversity of culture and languages spoken by the Headington community, we held our annual languages fair on Tuesday 10th October. 

The day started with Dr Stanton-Ife, Mr Skym, Mrs Barrett and Miss Goff putting their knowledge of trivia to the test in our 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' assembly. 

Two girls wearing moustaches and berets pose in a handmade photo frame decorated with flags
Girls play petanque on school field
Girls taste treats on offer for bush tucker trial
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Ines Lee's lecture touches on crime and gun control

On  Thursday 5th October Ines Lee, Economics Lecturer at St Anthony's College, Oxford spoke to sixth formers about how economists interpret data. 

She looked at issues such as health and GDP, university degrees and income streams, gun control and crime. It was a wonderful lecture and the girls asked many questions on contemporary economic issues and Oxbridge applications. 

group of girls stand together
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Lecture casts historic buildings in new light

A Historical Association lecture on the theme "Using buildings as historical evidence" proved an excellent reminder that evidence of the past is all around us.

Students are gathered around tables in a classroom setting
Students in classroom listen to a professor speaking
Students in a classroom listen to a lecture
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Trip to West Wittering beach proves fertile ground for Biologists and ESS students

On Tuesday 26th September, a group of sxth formers studying Environmental Systems and Societies and Biology went on a field trip to West Wittering National Trust beach.

The beach overlooks Chichester Harbour and the Isle of Wight (although it was invisible in the fog on the day). The girls investigated two drastically different ecosystems - sand dunes and salt marshes. They were amazed at the amount of biodiversity in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They learnt different sampling techniques that can be applied to many of their own subjects.

Girls sit on the beach with the sea behind them
Girls gather around biology field equipment
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Headington's inspirational, state-of-the-art new library has won a prestigious national award.

The library was nominated for the School Library Inspiration Award earlier this year and longlisted based on its application. After a visit from the judges, it was announced it was one of six secondary schools to make the shortlist. At a glittering ceremony in central London on Monday 2nd October, we were delighted to be told that Headington was announced as one of the three secondary school winners of the award.

Library with book shelves and sonic chair
Girls use the library coffee tables for work
Girls hard at work in the main area of the library
The spiral staircase in the centre of the library
The mezzanine floor and floor level book shelves
View from the mezzanine floor
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Inspiring lecture from Prof Alison Noble launches Year of STEM

Headington's Year of STEM kicked off on Wednesday 27th September with a superb lecture from Prof Alison Noble OBE FREng.

Prof Noble is the Technikos Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Oxford University Department of Engineering Science and spoke to a packed theatre on the subject: "Engineering a better future".

Prof Alison Noble talks with a group of students
Prof Alison Noble giving her lecture
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Fantastic House Poetry Slam as part of National Poetry Day celebrations

National Poetry Day celebrations were brought to a close - and the year's House competition opened - with an outstanding Poetry Slam.

The standard was incredibly high and involved girls from every year group. A truly wonderful event.

Sophie and Catherine read their winning poem
Three girls perform poetry
One girl performs poetry into a microphone
One girl reads her poem accompanied by another on guitar
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